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May 11, 2012

Arizona: Sheriff Paul Babeu Drops Out of House Race

Sheriff Paul Babeu has dropped his Congressional bid.

The Arizona Republican, whose recent admission that he was gay roiled his campaign, made his announcement in an overnight email to supporters.

“I have decided to end our congressional campaign and seek re-election as Pinal County Sheriff,” he wrote. “Yesterday, I informed my campaign staff and our finance team of my decision to run for re-election.”

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May 10, 2012

Kentucky: Rand Paul Backs Thomas Massie in Race to Succeed Geoff Davis

Kentucky: Rand Paul Backs Thomas Massie in Race to Succeed Geoff Davis

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today filmed a TV ad in support of Congressional candidate Thomas Massie and plans to endorse him soon.

“I’ve made the decision today to go ahead and help him,” Paul said in an interview today in his Senate office. “I filmed an ad for him today.”

Massie, the Lewis County judge-executive, is locked in a competitive race for Kentucky’s open 4th district seat, currently occupied by retiring Rep. Geoff Davis (R). The other two top contenders in the race are state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington and Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore. Full story

Steve Israel Projects Democratic Gains, Says Gay Marriage Not Very Relevant in House Races

Steve Israel Projects Democratic Gains, Says Gay Marriage Not Very Relevant in House Races

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) predicted his party would make gains in this fall’s elections but stopped short of guaranteeing it would net the 25 seats needed to make Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Speaker again.

“Whether or not we take the majority back, there will be more Democrats in the House,” he told reporters today at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

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NRCC Loads First Round of Young Guns

NRCC Loads First Round of Young Guns

Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love, who is in Washington, D.C., this week for meetings, was one of the candidates promoted to "Young Guns" status. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Congressional Committee today announced its first round of Young Guns — candidates who have reached the highest tier of the committee’s recruitment and candidate support program.

The candidates are a diverse group that includes two woman, one of whom is African-American; a man of Portuguese descent; an openly gay man and a Jewish man.

“These candidates have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a statement. Full story

Palins Endorse Ted Cruz in Texas Senate Race

Palins Endorse Ted Cruz in Texas Senate Race

Ted Cruz, who is battling to get into a possible runoff in the Texas Senate race, got the endorsement of Sarah Palin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed another Senate candidate in a contested Republican primary: former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

Cruz told supporters in an email that he sought her support via a letter.

“We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State,” Palin wrote back.

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Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown Close in New Poll; Catholics Favor Brown

Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown Close in New Poll; Catholics Favor Brown

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Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Harvard professor Elizabeth Warren continue to be locked in a statistical dead heat in their Massachusetts Senatorial race. According to a late April poll conducted by the nonpartisan MassINC Polling Group, Warren had an edge within the margin of error.

In a horse race among registered voters, the Democrat led Brown by 2 points, 43 percent to 41 percent. Full story

Marco Rubio Prepared for Role as Mitt Romney Surrogate

Marco Rubio Prepared for Role as Mitt Romney Surrogate

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Marco Rubio might end up as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate. But as demonstrated at this early stage of the general election campaign, the Florida Republican will be among the former Massachusetts governor’s most high-profile surrogates.

Rubio’s fulfillment of this role — potentially crucial for Romney given the Senator’s position as a leading Hispanic Republican and a conservative stalwart — was on display this past weekend during a lengthy interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

In fact, a prescient and strategic Rubio has been preparing to play this role at least since January, when Romney was battling former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) in Florida’s GOP presidential primary.

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North Carolina: GOP Nominee Attacks Mike McIntyre in 7th District

State Sen. David Rouzer, who won a contested GOP primary contest Tuesday night in the 7th district, immediately took aim at his general election opponent, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D).

“He’s walked in lock step with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi,” Rouzer said in a short interview Wednesday, echoing national GOP talking points. “The stimulus bill in particular” would be an issue, he said. “Clearly the stimulus failed.”

Rouzer said he thought he needed to raise $1.5 million to $2 million to win. McIntyre had $764,000 in the bank in mid-April. Full story

May 9, 2012

Montana: Denny Rehberg Airs First TV Ad

Montana: Denny Rehberg Airs First TV Ad

Rep. Denny Rehberg (above) launched his first TV ad in his race against Sen. Jon Tester. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg today launched his first TV ad in his challenge to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester.

The ad, which a source tracking ad buys said was for $50,000, opens with a quick clip of Tester saying, “You’ve got to have honest leadership.”

“But Jon Tester’s dishonest attacks hide his votes for higher taxes 55 times, to raise his own pay, spend your tax dollars on bonuses for Wall Street executives, give Obama his way with your money 95 percent of the time,” the ad’s announcer says. Full story

Florida: Connie Mack IV Gets Rand Paul Endorsement

Florida: Connie Mack IV Gets Rand Paul Endorsement

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Rep. Connie Mack IV has been endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Paul’s backing could boost Mack’s conservative credentials. The Florida Congressman is battling former Sen. George LeMieux for the GOP Senate nomination.

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Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race

Sarah Palin Endorses Deb Fischer in Nebraska Senate Race

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, have endorsed Deb Fischer, providing the state Senator’s struggling bid to succeed retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D) an adrenaline shot six days before the GOP primary.

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Pete Sessions Confident GOP Will Expand House Majority in November

Pete Sessions Confident GOP Will Expand House Majority in November

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National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) took a bullish stance on House GOP prospects this morning, insisting Republicans would add to their huge gains of last cycle this November and that Democratic House candidates would be dragged down by an unpopular president.

“The landscape in 2012 is exactly the same as it was in 2010,” he said. “The dominating issues are Obamacare, big government and spending, and the economy and jobs.”

“What is out there” for November, Sessions said at the Christian Science Monitor’s breakfast, “is a Republican pickup, not a Republican loss of 10 to 15 seats,” as many House prognosticators predict. Full story

Indiana: How Richard Mourdock Won the Club for Growth

Indiana: How Richard Mourdock Won the Club for Growth

(Shira Toeplitz/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The first meeting between Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock and the Club for Growth was a disaster — so it wasn’t necessarily a given that the organization would end up investing $1.7 million and playing such a pivotal role in the conservative challenger’s GOP primary victory over six-term Sen. Dick Lugar.

When Mourdock first interviewed with the conservative activist group in their downtown Washington, D.C., office, he grew testy and even raised his voice at club officials when they peppered him with their standard questions about monetary policy. The interview went so poorly that Mourdock figured he’d never see a dime from the fundraising powerhouse.

“I told my campaign staff all the way along, don’t count on the Club for Growth,” Mourdock said in an interview. “We have to assume the won’t endorse us because that first meeting did go so badly.”

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Massachusetts: Scott Brown Launches First TV Ad

The Bay State Senate air war has begun — and it’s surprisingly positive.

Sen. Scott Brown, in a highly competitive race with Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren (D), launched his first television ad of the cycle today. Backed by a significant six-figure ad buy on broadcast and cable TV, the positive 30-second spot highlights the Republican’s independence and biography.

It’s competing with an ad from Warren, backed by about $800,000, that’s already on the air.

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May 8, 2012

North Carolina Picks Primary Winners

Updated: 11:37 p.m. | North Carolina voters went to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in a series of primary elections, but the results may have broader implications. The winners of a number of competitive Republican contests are likely to be elected to Congress this November.

An extreme gerrymander by the GOP-controlled statehouse means Republicans could net as many as four seats from the Tar Heel State this cycle.

Voting ended at 7:30 p.m. and here are some of the top results by district, updated as they come in from the Associated Press. In primaries where no candidate got more than 40 percent, the top two finishers will battle in a runoff on July 17. Full story

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